Minolta AF 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by moggin

reviewer#1593 date: Dec-31-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-50 EX DC
price paid:21 GBP
positive:Very sharp at f8+
Very cheap.
comment:Bought this lens for a song on Ebay and am most impressed with it - far sharper than my previous walkaround lens, a Sigma 18-50 EX DC - but it does need reasonable light levels. This doesn't bother me as I tend to shoot on sunny days anyway! My particular lens is very sharp but I gather that there can be some variation amongst these lenses. The lens hood is far too small and is useless. Haven't found a replacement yet.
Overall a very underated lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 112
  • sharpness: 4.29
  • color: 4.69
  • build: 4.85
  • distortion: 4.16
  • flare control: 3.62
  • overall: 4.32
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